23 June 2009

A range of new products will be created from social data

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Reid Hoffman
LinkedIn founder and CEO Reid Hoffman says in an interview on Nokia’s Ideas Project that the unprecedented accumulation of social network data provides fertile ground for the cultivation of products and applications that leverage and yield analytics from user identities and relationships.

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Related is a post by Jenna Wortham who in her New York Times blog from SXSW introduces several web applications that make sense of the social media pile-up.

Ideas Project also contains a new feature story, entitled “Besting the Human Brain“. It explores the fact that the distinction between artificial and human intelligence may soon disappear entirely, and features the thinking of science fiction author and mathematics professor Vernor Vinge, cyberlaw scholar Jonathan Zittrain, neurobiologist and Whyville founder James Bower, communications and digital pioneer Dewayne Hendricks, and tech observer Jerry Michalski.

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